Balance in Business: Who leads? Who (still) cares? The Board Perspective

Join us for the second event in the three part series. In this session, we will continue to explore why Balance in Business matters, how to implement it and recognise the value it creates for the organisation. Join our expert panel, learn from their experiences, and continue the discussion on how boards can ensure that balance in business is at the heart of a company’s strategy.

Our Panellists

Beatrice Hamza Bassey

Experienced board member; Chair of Union Bank Nigeria; General Counsel and Board Member Atlas Amara

Beatrice Hamza Bassey is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Limited; she is Chair of the Board of Directors at Union Bank Nigeria, and Chair of Risk and Compliance Committee at African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited.

In addition, Ms Hamza-Bassey is also a Member, Board of Trustees of Vornado Realty Trust, an Independent Board Member of IGT and a Member of Board Directors of Banque Populaire du Rwanda.

A lawyer of great repute with extensive experience in corporate governance and financial institutions, she is an authority in compliance and represents clients globally in compliance and anti-corruption matters.

She holds an LL.B in Law from University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, a BL in Law from the Nigerian Law School and an LL.M from Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the prestigious David Rockefeller Fellows Program of the Partnership for the City of New York.

Byron Loflin

Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq Governance Solutions & Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence

Byron E. Loflin is Global Head of Board Engagement at Nasdaq where he leads the governance advisory team in providing a strategic, collaborative, and technology-based approach strengthening corporate governance effectiveness. The Nasdaq portfolio of governance solutions and products include board, CEO, and management evaluations, and streamlined Directors’ and Officers’ Questionnaire/pre-proxy disclosure processes and the award-winning Nasdaq Boardvantage portal.

Byron is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE), now the Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence, after being acquired by Nasdaq in 2019. His experience and expertise are in best practices for boards of directors, specifically in the design and administration of board performance evaluations and governance strategy.

Helen Pitcher OBE

Experienced Chairman, Board member, Board facilitator and Coach


Helen Pitcher OBE (IDP-C 13Sep) is an experienced Chairman, Board member, Board facilitator and Coach. Working across the range of FTSE, Professional Service, Private Equity and Family firms, where she has led some of the biggest Board Evaluations. Helen is also a coach to many leading CEOs, Chairman and NED’s. Helen was awarded an OBE for services to Business in 2015.

In addition to her Advanced Boardroom Excellence role Helen holds a number of high-profile Board roles, Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission; Non-Executive Director UB UK, C&C Group Plc, Chairman of their Remuneration Committee, member of the Nomination and ESG Committees. SID OneHealth Group Ltd., Chairman of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees. President of INSEAD Directors Network Board and Chairman of INSEAD Directors Club Limited. President of KidsOut (a National Children’s Charity) and sits on the Advisory Board for Leeds University Law Faculty.

Stanislav Shekshnia

Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, co-director of Leading from the Chair

Dr. Stanislav Shekshnia is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, co-director of Leading from the Chair and Scandinavian Executive Institute Executive Board development programmes. His research concentrates on leadership, leadership development and effective corporate governance at emerging markets and organisations. Stanislav is the author, co-author, and editor of 11 books, including Leading a Board (2019), CEO School (2018), Athletic CEOs (2018), and others.

This interactive event will build on the first Balance in Business session where CEOs discussed why gender balance matters, how to implement it and recognise the value it creates for the whole organisation and the communities they serve.

This time the panellists will discuss the following questions from the Board perspective:

Why care? Does everyone accept the ‘why’? Or are most in the camp of ’why but’ not my problem, no availability of talent, not my sector…

What is going on? What are Boards doing to encourage, accelerate, support and oversee balance in business?

How to Balance? How should Boards best partner with the CEO/leadership teams to deliver meaningful change? How can boards ensure that balance in business is at the heart of a company’s strategy? How can they make an impact on the recruitment of talent?

When will we go beyond the talking?

This is an open event for all INSEAD alumni and their guests, as well as alumni from other business schools. Our goal is to inspire current and future leaders to engage and offer their perspectives, learn and share experiences, and generate practical insights to solve gender balancing issues.

We are grateful to our invaluable sponsors, Dawn Capital, our Platinum Founding Partner; 20-first, our knowledge partner, Genpact and Chronus.

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